(MENAFN- Khaleej Times) Â
A gang of opportunistic thieves, including a woman, that was targeting villas and shops that were not properly locked, has been arrested by the Dubai Police.
Disclosing details, Deputy Director of the General Department of Criminal Investigation, Colonel Salem Al Rumaithi, said the gang of four was nabbed after receiving a number of complaints of thefts from villas, clinics and commercial shops in residential areas.
The stolen items recovered from the thieves. - Supplied photoThe Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Dubai Police set up a team that investigated and compiled evidence on the methods used in the burglaries. The team found that the gang identified villas that were empty for a few days and broke in using screwdrivers. The last theft report was received by the Dubai Police on March 8 from Umm Suquiem 1 in Dubai.
A British national R.J. told the police that on Friday he went out with his family and on returning home at midnight, found that the villa door was not properly locked. When he went inside, he discovered that electronic devices, including a laptop and an iPad, and jewels worth Dh200,000 missing.
The CID teams set traps in various areas and during a police patrol on June 15, spotted two Asians, one of whom was carrying a black bag and looked nervous on seeing the police. This raised police suspicion, who stopped and searched the pair. Upon the search, they found a screwdriver and other tools that the duo used for committing burglaries. The duo confessed to having stolen from a number of villas, clinics and shops, before giving the details of their other gang members. The first suspect told the police that he planned the robberies with two other suspects, while the second suspect confessed that they had handed over the stolen items to the wife of the first suspect who hid them.
The police arrested the third suspect and the fourth woman suspect who guided the police to 10 locations where they had committed robberies. Police recovered the stolen items from them and referred them to the Dubai Public Prosecution.
Col. Al Rumaithi urged the public to be more careful and to lock doors properly and not to keep valuables in their homes. Those who travel often should join the house safety programme to enable the police to monitor their homes which will be linked to the Dubai Police Operations Room.
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